Although legend says this region
used to be a pirate haunt, Cayo Coco was closer to a desert island before the tourist
industry began developing it in the early 1990s. The development of the local tourist
industry, however, worries environmentalists. The construction of numerous hotel
complexes is bound to have an impact on the fragile ecosystem of this almost pristine
region. To learn more on this subject, you can venture off the tourist track and visit
the Centro de Investigación de Ecosystems Costeros, located at the entrance to Cayo
Coco, near the kiosk. Administered by the Cuban Ministry of Science, this centre studies
Cayo Coco's ecosystem in order to ensure its protection. On the centre's advice, it has
been agreed that only 4% of the territory will be developed for tourism.
For trout fishing or boating, people go to Laguna La
Redonda, a 24-km
(9.2 sq. mi.) stretch of water
along the road to Cayo Coco, 12 kilometres (7.4 miles) from Morón. Don't forget to bring
along insect repellent; otherwise, you'll be eaten alive by the mosquitoes.
Cayo Coco is bordered by a coral reef that extends
over 32 kilometres (20 mi.) and features almost 20 diving sites.
Where on earth
Cayo Coco, the largest island in the Archipelago of
Camagüey, lies a few kilometres north of Morón. It is 36 kilometres long, with nearly 22
kilometres of fine-sand beaches bathed in emerald waters, perfect for a worry-free stay
that will leave you well rested.